Gulf oil spill boosts attention on central Caribbean tropical wave

With oil still gushing in the Gulf, all eyes are on a tropical wave in the central Caribbean (map) that appears to be getting more organized.

There is a 40 percent chance the strong tropical wave will become a tropical cyclone by Saturday, National Hurricane Center forecasters said Thursday morning.

Conditions suggest a more powerful storm could form over the next few days.

Meteorologists have been tracking the system throughout the week. The system has produced heavy rains in Jamaica and along the southern coast of Hispaniola. Thunderstorms are also forecast to drench the Cayman Islands and parts of Cuba.

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Gulf oil spill boosts attention on central Caribbean tropical wave 06/24/10 [Last modified: Thursday, June 24, 2010 3:41pm]

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